Information for Schools interested in School Team Sailing

Medical Records, emergency contacts and consents

Schools are responsible for obtaining the necessary medical records, emergency contacts and parental consents required for competition and to have appropriate details available at the competition. Yachting Victoria relies on the school to collect assess and review these and does not require copies.

Upon review of the medical records, the teacher in charge shall inform the Race Officer of any medical conditions that he should be aware of that are necessary to ensure the safety of the student on the water.

Capsizing is a normal part of sailing

Capsizing is a normal part of sailing. Students need to be proficient in righting a capsized boat and re-boarding it including some swimming in sailing gear if they are temporarily separated from the boat during the capsize.

As a part of training and preparation for competition, schools should ensure that their students have these proficiencies. Some schools have run a survival simulation. This involves

  • Students dress in full sailing gear, including shoes, hats and PFDs
  • Diving head first into a swimming pool
  • Swimming 15 meters
  • Floating for 5 minutes
  • Climbing out of the pool on the edge without the aid of steps, but with ropes or hand holds.

Interacting with Officials

Schools should brief their students on interacting with officials. In particular explain the green and white flag protocol.

  • Where an umpire does not see an incident or did not see enough of an incident to be certain that a boat broke a rule, they will green flag it.

There are lots of reasons why umpires don’t see full incidents, Watching another incident, another boat blocks their view, boats change course and the ovelap can’t be seen etc…

The umpires will be happy to explain what they saw, why they made a decision and how that rule works, but they will not enter a debate into what they saw and therefore made a call on.

Encourage students to ask for such an explanation from the umpires whenever they are unsure how or why a call was made.

Safety equipment and clothing

PFDs: Competitors are required to wear a PFD at all times while afloat. There are a variety of PFDs available and many students will usually have their own one. PFDs should be suitable for racing and not be excessively bulky or restrict movement in the boat or getting back into the boat following a capsize.

Whistle: All competitors are required to carry a readily accessible whistle while afloat to be used to attract attention if they require assistance

Footwear: While afloat, footwear must be worn to protect against hazards such as sharp objects which have been found on the bottom of lakes and shores.

Sunscreen: As the sun also reflects off the water, sunscreen should be applied before students go afloat

Change of clothes: The weather we sail in varies, competitors should have a complete set of dry warm clothes to change into after racing.

Hydration: Ensure sailors plan to drink sufficient quantities of water, consider a routine whereby all sailors rehydrate each time they come ashore and debrief.